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SQL for MySQL Developers

A Comprehensive Tutorial and Reference (Adobe Reader)

SQL for MySQL Developers by Rick F. van der Lans
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The Most Complete and Practical Guide to MySQL Version 5’s Powerful SQL Dialect


MySQL version 5 offers a SQL dialect with immense power. In SQL for MySQL Developers, Rick F. van der Lans helps you master this version ofSQL and take advantage of its full potential. Using case study examplesand hands-on exercises, van der Lans illuminates every key concept,technique, and statement–including advanced features that make iteasier to create even the most complex statements and programs.


Drawing on decades of experience as an SQL standards team member and enterprise consultant, he reveals exactly why MySQL’s dialect works as it does–and how to get the most out of it. You’ll gain powerful insight into everything from basic queries to stored procedures, transactions to data security.


Whether you’re a programmer, Web developer, analyst, DBA, or database user, this book can take you from “apprentice” to true SQL expert. If you’ve used SQL in older versions of MySQL, you’ll become dramatically more effective–and if you’re migrating from other database platforms, you’ll gain practical mastery fast.


Coverage includes

  • Writing queries, including joins, functions, and subqueries
  • Updating data
  • Creating tables, views, and other database objects
  • Specifying keys and other integrity constraints
  • Improving efficiency with indexes
  • Enforcing security via passwords and privileges
  • Embedding SQL statements within PHP programs
  • Building stored procedures and triggers
  • Using transactions, locking, rollback, and isolation levels
  • Utilizing MySQL’s catalog

All of the book’s sample programs are available for download from


About the Author

Rick F. van der Lans is author of the classic Introduction to SQL, the definitive SQL guide that database developers have relied on for more than 20 years. He is a consultant, author, and lecturer specializing in database technology, development tools, data warehousing, and XML. As managing director of the Netherlands-based R20/Consultancy, he has advised many large companies on defining their IT architectures. He chairs the European Meta Data Conference, and writes columns for several magazines.



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PART I Introduction    

CHAPTER 1 Introduction to MySQL    

CHAPTER 2 The Tennis Club Sample Database    

CHAPTER 3 Installing the Software    

CHAPTER 4 SQL in a Nutshell    

PART II Querying and Updating Data     

CHAPTER 5 SELECT Statement: Common Elements    

CHAPTER 6 SELECT Statements, Table Expressions, and Subqueries    

CHAPTER 7 SELECT Statement:The FROM Clause    

CHAPTER 8 SELECT Statement: The WHERE Clause    

CHAPTER 9 SELECT Statement: SELECT Clause and Aggregation Functions    

CHAPTER 10 SELECT Statement: The GROUP BY Clause    

CHAPTER 11 SELECT Statement: The HAVING Clause    

CHAPTER 12 SELECT Statement: The ORDER BY Clause    

CHAPTER 13 SELECT Statement: The LIMIT Clause    

CHAPTER 14 Combining Table Expressions    

CHAPTER 15 The User Variable and the SET Statement    

CHAPTER 16 The HANDLER Statement    

CHAPTER 17 Updating Tables    

CHAPTER 18 Loading and Unloading Data    

CHAPTER 19 Working with XML Documents    

PART III Creating Database Objects     

CHAPTER 20 Creating Tables    

CHAPTER 21 Specifying Integrity Constraints    

CHAPTER 22 Character Sets and Collations    

CHAPTER 23 The ENUM and SET Types    

CHAPTER 24 Changing and Dropping Tables    

CHAPTER 25 Using Indexes    

CHAPTER 26 Views    

CHAPTER 27 Creating Databases    

CHAPTER 28 Users and Data Security    

CHAPTER 29 Statements for Table Maintenance    

CHAPTER 30 The SHOW, DESCRIBE, and HELP Statements    

PART IV Procedural Database Objects     

CHAPTER 31 Stored Procedures    

CHAPTER 32 Stored Functions    

CHAPTER 33 Triggers    

CHAPTER 34 Events    

PART V Programming with SQL     

CHAPTER 35 MySQL and PHP    

CHAPTER 36 Dynamic SQL with Prepared Statement    

CHAPTER 37 Transactions and Multiuser Usage    

APPENDIX A Syntax of SQL    

APPENDIX B Scalar Functions    

APPENDIX C System Variables    

APPENDIX D Bibliography    


Pearson Education; April 2007
1032 pages; ISBN 9780132715898
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Title: SQL for MySQL Developers
Author: Rick F. van der Lans
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